Black Lives Matter protesters rallied outside a Philadelphia police officer's home last week, and Pa. Rep. Martina White called their actions an "illegal occupation." True, the group didn't apply for a permit and were on the street and sidewalk. But was it illegal? We fact-checked White.
"I don’t have a lot of business savvy, just a lot of common sense. It’s time to go." That's the answer South Philly Comics co-owner Johnny Foster gives when asked why he's shutting down the Passyunk Avenue spot. But the demise of this classic doesn't mean it's end time for the city's other comic shops. Here's how the local industry is surviving in a climate where business is just not what it used to be.
The severity of the flooding that hit Houston after Hurricane Harvey is at least partly attributable to the sprawl of development, which turned water absorbent wetlands into paved roads and lots. Well, that same thing is true for much of low-lying Philadelphia. Southwest Philly used to be a grassy marsh, and when big storms hit, flooding is bad. Unfortunately, researchers tell StateImpact they think the chance of a damaging surge here is getting more likely.
When Philadelphia Young Republicans treasurer Bryan Lieb first came up with the idea to do a bookbag and school supplies drive, he set 35 backpacks as his goal. Within nine days, he'd raised enough to buy 330 of them. On Friday, PYR went to 12 public and charter schools to hand out the goods, and we went along to take photos.
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First documented in 1810, the schultüte (“school cone”) is a paper cone filled with candies, toys and supplies and presented to a child on their first day of school in Germany. Kids and adults are all invited to decorate one of their own and fill it with a half-pound of old-fashioned penny candy, included in the price. Event takes place 2 to 4 p.m. each day of the holiday weekend.
Where: Shane Confectionery at 110 Market St. 19106
When: September 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to September 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: $10 per cone
The first-ever Arab-American punk rock festival isn't all about music — there's also comedy and spoken word. Hit up the Fishtown venue to hear comedians and poets of Middle Eastern and North African heritage shout their best lines.
Where: The Barbary at 951 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: September 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $25
Philly nonprofit Naps and Snacks is hosting a bookbag drive at Siddiq Moore's West Philly shop. Bring a new bag or school supplies, or just head over for some water ice, waffles and froyo for yourself to be part of the fundraiser. Money raised will be used to buy bookbags, supplies, snacks and water ice for school kids in the area.
Where: Siddiq's Real Fruit Water Ice at 264 S. 60th St. 19139
When: September 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
You'll get to nibble on Chinese food appetizers and snacks while learning how to fold your own classic dumplings from the instructors at Chinatown tour group Five Spice Philly.
Where: Five Spice Philly at 928 Race St. 19107
When: September 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $35-$50
If you're gonna be in the city for summer's last holiday weekend, might as well see it out with some '80s fun. Dress in your best Miami Vice or Back to the Future costume and get your windpipes ready to belt out some Whitney and Prince.
Where: Locust Bar at 235 S. 10th St. 19107
When: September 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to September 4, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Free / Pay-as-you-go drinks